Entire series of Jimmy Durante's "The Jumbo Fire Chief Show". This was Texaco's replacement for Ed Wynn's "The Fire Chief". (available separately) ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Old Time Radio, Jumbo Fire Chief Show, Jumbo Fire Chief Program, The Fire Chief, Jimmy Durante
Crime and Peter Chambers made its debut on NBC in 1954 and ran for 5 months. The show was written, directed, and produced by Henry Kane. Audio Files Sourced: Crime and Peter Chambers - Free OTR Shows ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Crime and Peter Chambers, OTR, Old Time Radio
Grampa Sells His Gun adapted for radio aired on October 24, 1957. The Real McCoys was a situation comedy that aired on the ABC network from 1957 through 1962. It aired for one more season on CBS before its end in 1963. The series revolved around the lives of a mountain family who originally hailed from West Virginia. The McCoys moved to California where they became dirt farmers. The family consisted of Grampa Amos McCoy, the head of the family played by Walter Brennan, his grandson Luke played... ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Old Time Radio, the real mccoys
Some additional episodes missing from the other large collection of Duffy's Tavern which can be found Here. Audio Files Sourced: Duffy's Tavern - Free OTR Shows ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Duffy's Tavern, OTR, Old Time Radio
ROCKY FORTUNE In the days prior to From Here To Eternity, Frank Sinatra's popularity was waning and this private eye show was an attempt to remedy that. In it, Frank played Rocky Fortune, a "footloose and fancy-free young man," frequently unemployed, who took numerous, adventurous odd jobs. It was a relatively undistinguished series; definitely a "B grade" radio series, saved by Sinatra's charm and a tongue-in-cheek approach. Rocky Fortune appeared on NBC for only a short... ( 4 reviews ) Topics: OTRR, Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Old Time Radio, OTRR Set, Rocky Fortune, Frank Sinatra,...
THE PACIFIC STORY The Pacific Story was broadcast on NBC at 11:30pm, with the first broadcast on July 11, 1943. The series lasted 184 weeks with two weeks pre-empted and ended on January 26, 1947. It was considered a documentary. The premise of the show was that with Europe in ruins, the Pacific might emerge as the center of political and social change in the world, and people should know something about it. The series touched on every nation around the Pacific rim and told of their importance... ( 3 reviews ) Topics: OTRR, Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Old Time Radio, OTRR Single Episodes, Pacific Story, The,...
Howard Koch's radio adaptation of H.G. Well's "War of the Worlds" performed by the Old Time Radio Theater. See us at http://www.oldtimeradiotheater.blogspot.com/ ( 3 reviews ) Topic: koch radio war of the worlds wells performance
Paar first began his broadcasting career in radio, working first in Cleveland, Ohio and later, throughout the Midwest. After World War II, Paar tried his hand at acting and comedy, frequently appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was during an impressive stint as a guest host on Jack Benny's radio show that he caught the attention of NBC officials who eventually offered him his most well known role, host of The Tonight Show. Paar was the program's host from 1957 to 1962; after 1959 it was known... ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Jack Paar, OTR, Old Time Radio Source: Unblock Facebook
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Bing Crosby stars as Rex Fisher - Union Buster! This once-lost radio thriller from 1949 brings us the adventures of Rex Fisher, special agent for the U.S. Department of Labor. His job - stop unions before they stop America! Join Bing as he tangles with Red agents, sultry singers, and the recipe for the perfect Sloe Gin Fizz! ( 3 reviews ) Topics: bing crosby, otr, radio drama, spoof, red scare, commies, matt scott, mark vasto
The Columbia Workshop is an excellent collection of Old Time Radio dramas. There is a lot of variety in the offerings, which range from Hamlet to Alice in Wonderland. ( 3 reviews ) Topic: Columbia Workshop, drama, OTR, Old Time Radio
The Gunsmoke radio shows are said by many to be the BEST old time radio there ever was. I am in this camp. Chances are good that you will be as well. Old time radio shows including Gunsmoke are in the public domain. If you are old enough to know Gunsmoke on TV, which ran side by side with the radio version for awhile, you'll find that the radio version eclipses the TV version. Hopefully other fans of Gunsmoke will complete the collection I have begun! ( 5 reviews ) Topics: OTR, western, old time radio, gunsmoke
Our Town is a 1940 film adaptation of a play of the same name by Thornton Wilder starring William Holden, Martha Scott, Fay Bainter, Beulah Bondi, Thomas Mitchell, Guy Kibbee and Frank Craven. It was adapted by Harry Chandlee, Craven and Wilder. It was directed by Sam Wood. The movie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Scott, who repeated her stage role as Emily Webb, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and Aaron Copland was nominated for Best Score. This... ( 5 reviews )
Dancer Jerry Jones (George Murphy) is wounded in World War I and finding his showbiz options limited becomes a producer. 25 years later, he puts on an all-soldier revue jampacked with Irving Berlin songs. Includes Kate Smith singing "God Bless America" and a brief appearance by boxing legend Joe Louis. ( 4 reviews ) Topic: Kate Smith, Ronald Reagan, Irving Berlin
CBS Radio Mystery Theater radio dramas aired in 1977-1978: Two Renegades; Death Is Blue; You Bet Your Life; Borderline Case; Wuthering Heights; First Woman In Space; Murder One; Little Lucy's Lethal Libation; Two Motives For Murder; Goodbye, Karl Erich (re-broadcast of 1975 episode) Please note: Original source materials for these files did not contain news or commercials. ( 4 reviews ) Topics: CBSRMT, CBS Radio Mystery Theater, OTR, radio drama, old time radio
An annual event on Jack Benny's radio show, Jack takes a trip to the local department store, only to run into some familiar characters. Notice Mel Blanc in his usual role as the salesmen unfortunate enough to have to wait on Jack, again, again, and again! IMDB for Jack Benny's Christmas Show Director: James V. Kern Writers: George Balzer, Hal Goldman Original Air Date: 18 December 1960 (Season 11, Episode 9) Jack Benny ... Jack Benny Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Rochester Van Jones Don Wilson... ( 6 reviews ) Topics: jack benny, eddie anderson, dennis day, christmas, classic tv
DIMENSION X Dimension X was first heard on NBC April 8, 1950, and ran until September 29, 1951. Strange that so little good science fiction came out of radio; they seem ideally compatible, both relying heavily on imagination. Some fine isolated science fiction stories were developed on the great anthology shows, Suspense and Escape. But until the premiere of Dimension X -- a full two decades after network radio was established -- there were no major science fiction series of broad appeal to... ( 6 reviews ) Topics: OTRR, Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Old Time Radio, OTRR Set, OTRR Certified Set, Dimension X,...
DRAGNET Dragnet, the brainchild of Jack Webb, may very well be the most well-remembered, and the best, radio police drama series. From September, 1949 through February 1957, Dragnet's 30 minute shows, broadcast on NBC, brought to radio true police stories in a low-key, documentary style. The origins of Dragnet can be traced to a semi-documentary film, "He Walked by Night" from 1948, in which Webb had a small role. Both employed the same Los Angeles Police Department technical... ( 7 reviews ) Topics: OTRR, Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Old Time Radio, OTRR Single Episodes, Dragnet, Jack Webb,...
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Have Gun Will Travel debuted on November 23, 1958. The show followed the adventures of Paladin, a gentleman-turned-gunfighter played by John Dehner on radio, who preferred to settle problems without violence, yet, when forced to fight, excelled. Paladin lived in the Carlton Hotel in San Francisco, where he dressed in semi-formal wear, ate gourmet food, and attended opera. In fact, many who initially met him mistook him for a dandy from the East. When working, he dressed in black, used calling... ( 8 reviews )
From the live tv anthology series Tales of Tomorrow. After a customer is overly eager to buy a crystal egg, an antique shop owner does the only logical thing: takes it to the chairman of Cambridge's physics department (played by Thomas Mitchell, Uncle Billy from It's a Wonderful Life), who discovers the egg's secret. From a story by H. G. Wells More info at the IMDB. Upload courtesy of Inventing Situations. Hopefully in the public domain. ( 6 reviews ) Topics: H. G. Wells, scifi, live tv, television, tv, tales of tomorrow, Thomas Mitchell
1950 episode of The DuMont Network's 'Cavalcade of Stars', hosted by Jerry Lester. Also features a obscure singer, a well-known baseball player and some other people. Variety Series. UPDATE: It has been suggested elsewhere that this "episode" may be a mix of segments from two different episodes. This seems very likely. ( 7 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV, 50s, 50's, 1950s, 1950's, Fifties, Variety, DuMont Television Network, Kinescope,...
1955 CBS-TV Promo for "You'll Never Get Rich", Also known as "Sgt Bilko" and "The Phil Silvers Show". The show itself it still copyrighted, But this promo is public domain. ( 6 reviews ) Topics: Classic TV, Retro Television, Promo, CBS-TV, 50's, 1950's, Fifties, Nostalgia, Rare, The Phil...
SINGLES AND DOUBLES COLLECTION: T - Z This is a work in progress. This OTRR Collection is a Non-Certified one, containing series in which currently only one or two episodes are known to exist -- hence the name: "Singles and Doubles Collection". Almost every type genre is included. Radio -- called by some The Theater of the Mind -- has been with us since 1920 when stations WWJ of Detroit and KDKA of Pittsburg made the first regular commercial broadcasts. The first program aimed at... ( 7 reviews ) Topics: OTRR, Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Old Time Radio, OTRR Single Episodes, OTRR Updated Release,...
AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO An Evening with Groucho is a look at the life of Groucho Marx and the Marx Brothers, as told by Groucho. Groucho Marx Biography: Born: October 2, 1890 in New York City, New York Died: August 19, 1977 in Los Angeles, California Groucho was born Julius Henry Marx on October 2, 1890 in New York. He was the third of the five surviving sons of Sam and Minnie Marx. He was the first of the brothers to start stage career aged 15 in an act called The Leroy Trio. Other acts... ( 11 reviews ) Topics: OTRR, Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Old Time Radio, OTRR Single Episodes, An Evening with...
FORT LARAMIE Fort Laramie opened with "Specially transcribed tales of the dark and tragic ground of the wild frontier. The saga of fighting men who rode the rim of empire and the dramatic story of Lee Quince, Captain of Cavalry". When Norman Macdonnell created Fort Laramie in late 1955, he made it clear to his writers that historical accuracy was essential to the integrity of the series. Correct geographic names, authentic Indian practices, military terminology, and utilizing actual... ( 9 reviews ) Topics: OTRR, Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Old Time Radio, OTRR Single Episodes, Fort Laramie, OTRR...
(82 Episodes) UPDATE 2011-03-14: 14 additional episodes UPDATE 2010-07-13: 19 additional episodes "Five Minute Mysteries" was broadcast on the MBS (Mutual Broadcasting System) from 1947-08-10 thru to 1950-03-27. Listening carefully to every word spoken about these terrific (but brief) mysteries was essential, as each mystery was very well written. It is often difficult to come up with the right answer and it is comparable to the Ellery Queen One Minute Mysteries! OTR * def gp ddh ( 8 reviews ) Topics: Old Time Radio, OTR Mystery, OTRadio MBS
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR For over twelve years, from 1949 through 1962 (including a one year hiatus in 1954-1955), this series recounted the cases "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar". Johnny was an accomplished 'padder' of his expense account. The name of the show derives from the fact that he closed each show by totaling his expense account, and signing it "End of report... Yours Truly,... ( 14 reviews ) Topics: OTRR, Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Old Time Radio, OTRR Set, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, Yours...